A photo taken by a conservation
drone of an elephant in Sumatra.
If you could fly a model aircraft anywhere, where would you take it? What would you want to see if you attached a camera to it?
How about some wildlife? What about some
orangutans in a forest canopy, or a rhinoceros
grazing on the savannah? Imagine using those
images to monitor populations to help ensure the
continued survival of endangered species.
The use of drones for research is a booming new
field and conservation biologists are starting to
discover the numerous ways drones can improve
their work. Not only are they good for monitoring
populations in peril, but they help track poachers
and keep them at bay.
One nonprofit organization, ConservationDrones.
org, has made a tremendous impact on
promoting the use of drones for conservation.
ConservationDrones.org was cofounded by Dr.
Lian Pin Koh and Dr. Serge Wich in 2012.
These scientists use drones for their
own research, share their drone
designs with others, build
drones for other conservation
organizations, and teach
people how to use them.
They love their work.
Getting to integrate a
favorite hobby into
by Heather R. Taft, Ph.D.
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